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Candidate-Specific Super PACs Offer End Run For Maxed-Out Donors: Study

Dan Froomkin | December 4, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Further indicating that candidate-specific super PACs are being used to end-run traditional campaign contribution limits, a new analysis finds that Restore Our Future, the super PAC formed to support former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's candidacy for president, is being primarily funded by donors who have already maxed out...

Political Groups Are Flouting IRS Rules To Keep Donors Secret, Reformers Say

Dan Froomkin | November 28, 2011 | Politics
Good-government advocates on Wednesday asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate four groups they say are blatantly flouting the law by claiming tax-exempt status as "social welfare" groups when they are in fact overtly political organizations. The so-called c4 designation, in addition to exempting organizations from taxes, also...

U.S. To Hand Over Iraq Bases, Equipment Worth Billions

Dan Froomkin | November 26, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- With just over three months until the last U.S. troops are currently due to leave Iraq, the Department of Defense is engaged in a mad dash to give away things that cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars to buy and build. The giveaways include enormous, elaborate...

U.S. To Hand Over Iraq Bases, Equipment Worth Billions

Dan Froomkin | November 26, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- With just over three months until the last U.S. troops are currently due to leave Iraq, the Department of Defense is engaged in a mad dash to give away things that cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars to buy and build. The giveaways include enormous, elaborate...

Pentagon Can't Follow Its Own Money, Report Finds

Dan Froomkin | November 23, 2011 | Politics
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been predicting doom should his department be forced to make considerable budget cuts, but a GAO report released Friday points out that the Pentagon can't say for certain where all the money it's getting now is really going. The Government Accountability Office has...

Massive U.S. Embassy In Iraq Will Expand Further As Soldiers Leave

Dan Froomkin | November 16, 2011 | World
WASHINGTON -- American combat troops in Iraq may be heading to the exits -- or not -- but the U.S. government's enormously expensive intervention there is hardly coming to an end. In a telling sign of how dangerous and chaotic Iraq remains more than eight years after President George...

Grassroots Groups Offer Plan For $1 Trillion In Deficit Reduction

Dan Froomkin | November 15, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Two grassroots political organizations -- one from the right, one from the left -- are offering Capitol Hill an entirely different way of looking at deficit reduction. Rather than seeing it in partisan terms, or simply as a zero-sum choice between raising taxes and slashing social programs, the...

Grassroots Groups Offer Plan For $1 Trillion In Deficit Reduction

Dan Froomkin | November 15, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Two grassroots political organizations -- one from the right, one from the left -- are offering Capitol Hill an entirely different way of looking at deficit reduction. Rather than seeing it in partisan terms, or simply as a zero-sum choice between raising taxes and slashing social programs, the...

Military Spending Costs Jobs, Doesn't Create Them, Anti-War Group Says

Dan Froomkin | November 12, 2011 | Politics
The nation's biggest military contractors are descending on Capitol Hill this week to lobby against potential defense spending cuts they warn would produce "devastating job losses". But military spending is one of the least efficient ways the government can create jobs, according to a

Military Spending Costs Jobs, Doesn't Create Them, Anti-War Group Says

Dan Froomkin | November 12, 2011 | Politics
The nation's biggest military contractors are descending on Capitol Hill this week to lobby against potential defense spending cuts they warn would produce "devastating job losses". But military spending is one of the least efficient ways the government can create jobs, according to a

9/11 Attacks Led To Half-Trillion-Dollar Homeland Security Spending Binge

Dan Froomkin | November 9, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- In July, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security quietly scuttled a multi-billion dollar program to install high-tech radiation detectors at the nation's ports. A top priority of the Bush administration, the advanced spectroscopic portal (ASP) devices that the Raytheon Company was being...

9/11 Attacks Led To Half-Trillion-Dollar Homeland Security Spending Binge

Dan Froomkin | November 9, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- In July, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security quietly scuttled a multi-billion dollar program to install high-tech radiation detectors at the nation's ports. A top priority of the Bush administration, the advanced spectroscopic portal (ASP) devices that the Raytheon Company was being...

Dick Cheney Book Tour: 11 Questions Reporters Should Be Asking

Dan Froomkin | October 31, 2011 | Politics
Dick Cheney has spent his career not revealing himself, and in his new memoir and the ensuing PR blitz, he appears to be staying largely in character. But as the former vice president uses media interviews to sell books, reporters have an unprecedented opportunity...

As Defense Industry Lobbies Against Cuts, Rhetoric Overshoots Reality

Dan Froomkin | October 18, 2011 | Politics
Facing the possibility of actual defense spending cuts for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the nation's biggest defense contractors have put aside their traditional hyper-competitiveness and joined forces in a messaging and advocacy blitz under the slogan "Second to None." The campaign's website,

As Defense Industry Lobbies Against Cuts, Rhetoric Overshoots Reality

Dan Froomkin | October 18, 2011 | Politics
Facing the possibility of actual defense spending cuts for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the nation's biggest defense contractors have put aside their traditional hyper-competitiveness and joined forces in a messaging and advocacy blitz under the slogan "Second to None." The campaign's website,

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Calls For Boycott On Campaign Contributions

Dan Froomkin | October 15, 2011 | Politics
The CEO of Starbucks wants Washington to wake up and smell the coffee. Infuriated by what he described as irresponsible behavior, Howard Schultz is calling on his fellow CEOs -- and other would-be donors -- to boycott all campaign contributions to either party until the nation's elected leaders put aside...

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Battles Anti-Bribery Statute

Dan Froomkin | October 12, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- More than three decades after the United States Congress passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act -- striking a major blow against international corruption by criminalizing bribes to foreign officials -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is trying to carve out some major exceptions in the law...

American Bar Association Takes Aim At Lobbying Law Loopholes

Dan Froomkin | October 10, 2011 | Politics
Under current law, lobbyists seeking consideration for their clients can sweeten the pot by throwing massive fundraisers for the members of Congress that they're lobbying. Former senior members of Congress who are being paid a small fortune to design and coordinate major lobbying efforts don't have to register as lobbyists...

American Bar Association Takes Aim At Lobbying Law Loopholes

Dan Froomkin | October 10, 2011 | Politics
Under current law, lobbyists seeking consideration for their clients can sweeten the pot by throwing massive fundraisers for the members of Congress that they're lobbying. Former senior members of Congress who are being paid a small fortune to design and coordinate major lobbying efforts don't have to register as lobbyists...

IRS Buckled To GOP Pressure On Secret Donations, Lawyer Says

Dan Froomkin | October 8, 2011 | Politics
The Internal Revenue Service succumbed to pressure from Republican members of Congress last month when it suddenly shut down its examinations into whether five large donors had violated the law by not declaring their contributions to political 501(c)(4) groups as gifts, a lawyer representing progressive donors alleged Monday. The...
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